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[applause] >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i ama a trevelyan. claiming victory even when the i ratoo close to call. both candidates in israel's election say they have won. taking her case to the key capitals, britain's prime mister tries to persuade european leaders to postpone brexit again. plus, awaiting the release of the mueller report. the attorney general says he will let the public see it within a week.
welcome to our viewers on public television here in a ameri also around the globe. early exit polling from israel's closely fought election shows at the race is too close to call, but that has not stopped both main candidrom claiming victory. the latest numbers from israeli tv exit polls suggest the likud arty of benjamin netanyahu and the blue and whiiance led by former army chief benny gantz are neck and neck. knell aeports from tv. yolande: at the end of vrsing him the prediction. this poll gives politil newcomer benny gantz and narrow over the prime minister both men have no claim to victory. benjaminetanyahu, who has corruption charges looming, has been fight g a tough campaign to win a fifth term in office. hasmain rival, benny gantz,
won popular support with a strong military record and promises of change. some inng israel vote a religious lines, others on key issues like security. in this poll there were more than 40 parties to choose from. the next prime minister will have to bld and lead a coalition government. this election could reslpe the politi landscape. reaching out to right-wing voters, mr. nine yahoo! made a campaign pledge to make jewish deaf mr. netanyahu made a campaign pledge to make jewish said -- mr. netanyahu made a campaign pledge to mwish settlements in the west bank. israelisupermarket, made the election picks, toecting a new approach solving a decades-old conflict. >> yes, it is very important who wins this election and who will be handling that whole
process. excitement among backers of benny gantz when exit polls came through. but these have to be treated with caution. supporters,ahu there is still hope he will stay in power with help from smaller right-wing parties. this vote is seen as a referendum on his leadership, and a country that is deeply split. news, telell, bbc aviv. laura: for the latest we can cross live to our chief ational correspondent ly doucet, who is in jerusalem. both mr. netanyahu and mr. gtz are claiming victory tonight, but who is in the better position to form a government? lyse: people are doing the numbers. the magic is in the numbers, not only which party has the greater number of votes -- we will have to wait until the morning to see whether that is the likudmi pary of ben netanyahu or the blue and white alliance of benny
gant but people ask what is the best chance -- what is the political color of the brlader politicascape. right now people are saying that perhaps benjamin netanyahu stanza better chance, and that is w statement that it was a victory for him, but the right-wing bloc led by lud. but as is often the case in israeli elections, we get projections when the polls close and things will bee clear in morning. now officials party's we always know we are a winner by the morning and the polls will confirm our ascendancy. ifthere's a lot ofrent ways in which these numbers can add up in differentesays, and the ent of israel, who has the task of deciding who should be given the responsibility, the first shot at forming a governmentffwill have a ult task ahead of him. laura: lyse, how much coulthe election result in who emerges
as leader alter the future direction of israel? lyse: there was a lot of discussion before the end of polling day about how israel had in recent yearbeen shifting to e right. the concern was whether it would shift to the far rht in these elections. if these projections are ecco some of the new far right parties, a describ homophobic, racist, even ndemned by parties in the united states and jewish organizations in the united states, it seems as though they have not crossed the threshold to enter the israeli parliament. on the otherpo side of the tical spectrum, it is being as the collapse of the traditional left. parties like the labour party,od which used to e the prime ministers of israel, is sling further down, it seems according to these projections, in terms of strength in the parliament. the margin of the parties not lentering into the politi fray
, but it is coalescing around the centrists and right-wing parties. laura: lyse doucet, thank you. britain's prime minister has taken her case for at bre extension to europe's most powerful leaders. theresa may met with chancellor angela merkel of germany and french president emmanuel macron. with days left until the set to leave the eu, she is ying to convince them to allow another delay to brexit. eshe will take the mess to an eu summit tomorrow, as oor political edaura kuenssberg reports. laura k.: no one could accuse une prime minister of not covering the gro but clocking up the miles is not the same as convincing your audience. theresa may landed in berlin first to plead for more time for the errmal red carpet was rath lonely today. the prime minister had to wait for a welce before the two leaders headed back outside for the usual aps and smiles.
the mission, thoh, not just to ask for delay, but to hyve the answer >> we want to understand what the u.k. needs this extension for. >> there is a real effort to try to bring structure to brexit. we have had extraordinary division. >> we need clarity from the u.k. side. n theresa may has arrived berlin -- laura k.: the reason for the delay this time is to give more space r talks to play out at home. those aren't government ministers on the marcht whitehall. >> we're looking forward to o say.g what they have going to those discussions now. laura k.: but labour's team, invited for negotiations. if the prime minister cannot get withdeal through parliamen
tory votes, they could compromise to get labor numbers, too. >> there has not been fundamental shift in change position in the deal itself, but we are hopeful progress will be made and we are pushing in the ming days. >> both sides engaged seriously on a number of issues and we are looking for a way forward.ou asould expect, there are a number of areas where we differ, but we are anxious to ensure that we can carry on with this.t laura k.: bueast one cabinet minister might still m rather the priister goes back to basics. >> what would be fantastic is if angela merkel would try to support a proper u.k. brexit by agreeing to reopen the withdrawal agreement. laura k.: number 10's official allies in northern ireland would like that, too, but it is not happening, and they seem to be moving further away. >> it is rather humiliating that we are having to go beg so we can leave. it is nearly three years since the nation votedo leave the european union, and we are now e caning to stay in so deal with matters that should have been dealt with before that.ur
k.: easy in hindsight, in any language. the immediate job is here in paris, the prime minister to persuade the reluctant president that pressing pause on brexit will be worthwhile. but he is just one of 27 leaders who have to agree to a draft of ws accord seen by the bbc tonight, which shat the eu is poised to offer a delay to the u.k., but for how eight x's in the space where the datehould be. the crucial blank to be filled in tomorrow night. emmanuel macron has long been theresa may's toughest eu custer. she is here to ask for help, let brexit wait. he and other eu leaders are t likely to refuse her, but the political costs of delay at home, it migiht come with strings attached. talks just a warm-up for the main event in brussels tomorrow. the prime minister has no doubtp
learned on theainful journey, c even neighbo be friends bbd allies, but rivals, too. laura kuenssbergnews, paris. laura t.: we will have full omverage of the crucial eu summit in brusselsrow on bbc world those. -- world news. please join us. in hong kong, nine pro-democracy activists have been found guty of public nuisance charges for their role in organizing protests against the so-called umbrella movement in 2014. among them are leaders in the three pro-democracy movement. they face seven years in prison. the case an attack on freedom of expression. idsudan's prent omar al-bashir is staying put despite calls for his resignation. forces loyal to the president opened fire on protesters, who have been demonstrating for a montinst his presidency. the vice president warned that the army would not tolerate security lapses that would tipin
the country to chaos.ha president trumthreatened to impose tariffs on $11 billion worth of eu imports in response to european subsidies for airbus. president trump said the eu has taken advantage of the u.s. on trade for mant years, but t would soon stop. salmon and she's are among the goods considered for additional tariffs. the u.s. attorney general faced lawmakers on capitol hill today. william barr's appearance was to discuss the justice department's budget, ostensibly, but members of congress were more interested in grillingth him omueller report. rhe promised ease a redacted version of the full report soon. he also said special prosecutor bob mueller did not review a draft of the report mr. barr released last month. atty. gen. barr: mr. mueller's team did not play a role in
drafting that document. within a week i will be in a position to release the reportd to the public en i will engage with the chairmen of both judiciary committees about that report. laura: for more on the attorney generals testimony, iceberg a brief time ago with jonathan turley, law professor at george a bbcgton university and legal analyst. within a week we will see this redacted, color-coded version of the mueller report. eahow much will the public from it? jonathan: i think they are going areearn a lot, and hearing that report could come as early as thursday night or friday of this week. this is much-anticipated for democrats, they are really hoping to see in that report a sis particularly for obstruction. they have pretty much given up the ghost on collusion, but on struction, they are hopi they can point to something that would keep these criticisms alive of president trump. i expect they are going to find it. i expect that this report is going to have damaging material that will make it to the public.
but for the democrats, there is a sense of desperationis hearing. this is sort of like watching "sr wars" and the death st doesn't blow up, they just missed. so far nothing has happened. there was no basis for an indictment as mentioned in the letter or summary. the attorney general today said mueller is helping me on the redactions, which defuses that line of criticism. so we will have to wait for the report. ink the report will have damaging material in it. laura: well, as you saw today, the attorney general would not be drawn on why mueller wouldn't exonerate the president on obstruction of justice.is how key that section going to be?it jonathans going to be very key.bl i don't e him at all. you don't want to start talking about reports you haven't released. he says he will release as much of the report as possiand
you can reach your own concluouons. anyway y turn, it has got to have damaging information in it. we know publicly already that some of the things the president has done -- he crossed a lat of lines thrior presidents had not crossed. he spoke directly to the fbi director immediately on coming into office about the investigation. that is something the presidents have always avoided. believe it or not, the united states president historically dehas avone-on-one meetings with the fbi director. separate th political part of the u.s. government from theic nonpol. those types of walls were taken down immediately by trump. i think you are going to see a d t of those instances where people look at it , wow, that was inappropriate. esbut being inappropriate ot mean it is felonious. clearly the view of the justice department is that there is not evidence of actual criminal conduct here this is going to be the difference between what the
president calls exoneration and what most of us would consider exoneration. exoneration for a president is not "am i a felon." most of us hold presidents to a higher standard. laura: indeed. report isi doubt this going to be exonerating. onathan, democrats have not yet issued a subpoena so they can get the full mueller report. they have one waiting. do you think they will? jonathan: i don't know, because i thought it was a bit silly to start threatening a subpoena l when someone says they wve you a report in a week. they are likely to lose in a fighwith the executive branc if they are trying to sweep the table and get an unredacted report plic. i'm not sure they would win on getting the grand jury information. that might be more show than reality. but i think they have to wait for the report. i think bill barr is probably going to do what he says he is trying to release as much
as possible and what he is going pe redact will likely have the support of theal counsel. laura: jonathan turley, thank you so much for joining us. jonathan: thank you. laura: you are wrlching "bbc wonews america." come on tonight's program, protesters take to the streets of algiers again after the choice of an interim president proves unpopular. a british student who made hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of dollars by blackmailing users of porn websites has been jailed. he usedcouter skills to force peoplea to pa fine or risk being exposed as users of internet porn. reporter: cashing out in a london casino, this is one of the u.k.' was prolific and
wealthy cyber criminals. fake adverts on porn websites, and as users click on them, the computers locked up with fake rnings. users could pay a small fine to get the computer back. thousands did so out of fear that their habit would be exposed. the national crime agency said it millions of computer users with the help of a russian gang. >> probably the most significant cybercrime offender that the national crime agency has investigated. reporter: why is that? >> the sheer volume and the haslexity of the actions he undertaken and the number of people he has connected with worldwide and the complexity of the malware he deployed and the success of the operation. he had stalled himself the king of the internet, and caused untold damage around the world.
he showed no remorse and drag out his prosecution and great public expense. he was caught after one of the companies he exploitedm.aised the al key to his conviction was these profitsus logs of his discovered by detectives. 7000 pounds were traced out of an estimated 4 million, sed if he doesn't dischere the rest went, he faces even longer in jail. new protests have broken out in algeria after leader was appointed to replace president abdelaziz bouteflika,d who was foo resign last week. today's news that one of the former p colleagues, abdelkader bensalah, had been named interim president
further enraged protes our correspondent orla guerin reports from the capital, algiers. orla: new tension on the streets of algiers. a change in the air after weeks of peaceful mass protests. yog revolutionaries facing tdo police, who tried to ban thison demration. but the protesters gathered anyway. they won't be swept away easily. gelandscape has ch here. what's the security presence has been building here. for the last half an hour or so we have had to guess and water innnons being used-- tea gas and water cannons used. the authorities are trying to control what is happening on the streets to stop the protests. old habits die hard, but the demonstrators say it is too late for that.
young population has found its voice. another generation in the ar world trying to break with the past. i've ever lived in such interesting times, but i'm very grateful and very happy i got to witness this and got to be part of it ande contrib it. orla: do you feel free now? >> i am getting closer to my freedom, yeah. orla: having seen offs algieria' veteran leader, abdelaziz bouteflika, they believe he can remove his allies >>and cronies. is going to be complicated. it is ing to take some time. it is probably going to take a long time, but it en going to haooner or later. orla: cut across town, parliamentarians gathered for what looks like a rerun of the past. standing in as president,
abdelkader bensalah, a bouteflika loyalist from the old school. this former prime minister told me his aointment sends the wrong message. provocation that hurts the dignity of the nation. it is not a good sign, but i'm sure the only way forward is to listen to the people. orla: they will be back on the streets again friday, t and insisty will follow the same path as syria or libya, where hopes for change ended in chaos and bloodshed. orla grin, bbc news, algiers. laura: turning to venezuela, where the political crisis means public services are ol the brink ofpse. brazil's president says he is working with the u.s. government to sow dissent within venezuela's army and break their support for nicolas maduro. asill grant reports, the political limbo is having a
n impact on people's lives. will: the word has gone round that some in the shantytown have running water. on the entire community is out gathering it regardless of age or strength. the water that comes in is not considered fit for human consumption. hot, d thursday, andperate, though, many say they have no other choice. they don't know how long the taps will stay on. o others have resorted tshing in contaminated springwater. children cooling off in filthy pools despite the health risks. ulsoriah says that if she she would only use this water for waing clothes, but the crisis has been so bad that she has cooked food wiun it and even it. community leaders are warning a public health crisis is on the dry,as the open sewers run exposing them to disease.
>> the water here isn't fit for drinking. so far the consequences here have just been isolated cases, but we know that at any time, an epidemic is coming. will: in this particular shantytown, these scenes are no thing new. parts of it had been without running water for over a year now. now it is happening across venezuela every single day, as ovision of basic service collapses. opposition leader juan guaido wants people to stay angry about o at, for his supporters tep up the momentum in the streets until the government is forced from power. but as the days turn to weeks, many are too concerned with food and water to protest. and that suits president maduro. each day that sses is another in which he is still in office. washington insists h time is running out, and that the latest sanctions will soon be fel outside caracas, what is currently being felt is the
vernment's 30-day plan of electricity rationing. the lights went out for a fourth consecutive day. in a bar popular with governmen, loyalistept open by a generator, people treated themselves to a much-needed after-work drink. when asked what is behind the crisis, they echo the party line. >> we are being excluded and anished because we are no servile government to u.s. interests. >> if a change comes, it must be for better, not for worse, not to allow the opposition to take everything we have built over many years. will: whether it is elck of tricity or water, people are anxious for some kind of normality to return. for now, life in venezuela limps along, no one sure when the next big moment of collapse will come. will grant, bbc news, caracas. laura: struggle to survive in
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